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Gesualdo: Death for Five Voices (TheaterByte Blu-ray Review)

Werner Herzog's compelling 1995 documentary on enigmatic Renaissance composer Carlo Gesualdo, 'Death for Five Voices,' is out on Blu-ray from Arthaus Musik.

Mahler: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4 [Paavo Järvi/Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

This set of two of Mahler's most popular symphonies features some excellent vocalism and strong musical leadership from conductor Paavo Järvi.

Haydn: Die Jahreszeiten/The Seasons [Harnoncourt/Wiener Philharmoniker] Blu-ray Review

Haydn's Die Jahreszeiten receives a stellar performance from ancient music expert Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Verdi: Messa da Requiem [Barenboim/Teatro alla Scala] Blu-ray Review

A towering performance of Verdi's chorale masterpiece, the only flaw is the "halo" that enfolds maestro Barenboim on occasion and some motion artifact.

Verdi: Messa da Requiem [Dudamel/Teatro Alla Scala] Blu-ray Review

The downscaling by maestro Dudamel and the histrionics of tenor Grigolo may not appeal to all viewers of this Verdi's Requiem

Mozart: Requiem [Abbado/Lucerne Festival] Blu-ray Review

Lucerne and maestro Abbado offer a moving and well-performed rendition of Mozart's last work in this Blu-ray from Accentus

Ouverture Spirituelle [Nikolaus Harnoncourt/Concentus Musicus Wien] Blu-ray Review

Two of Mozart's choral masterpieces are given their due in the place of their 1776 premieres by early music specialist Nikolaus Harnoncourt and his hand picked group, Concentus Musicus Wien.

Beethoven: Missa Solemnis [Harnoncourt/Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra] Blu-ray Review

A celestial reading of Beethoven's solemn mass by maestro Harnoncourt and a marvelous vocal quartet and chorus. The Missa Solemnis does not get much better than this inspired performance.

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